|John 19 |
1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him,
3 And said, "Hail, King of the Jews! And they struck him with their hands."
4 Then Pilate went out [to address the crowd] again, and said to them, "Behold, I present him to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him."
5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"
6 Now when the chief priests and [Jewish] officers saw him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify him, crucify him." Pilate said to them, "Take him yourself, and you crucify him, for I find no fault in him."
7 But the Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."1
8 When Pilate heard that saying, he was even more afraid,
9 And he went back into the judgment hall, and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to crucify you, as well as the power to release you?"
11 But Jesus answered, "You have no power at all against me, unless it has been given to you from above; therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin."
12 And from that time Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying, "If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend. Whoever makes himself a king, speaks against Caesar."
13 Therefore when Pilate heard that saying, he brought Jesus out, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, called Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation day for the Passover, about the sixth hour; and he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"
15 But they cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him." Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."
16 Then he turned Jesus over to the soldiers to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away.
17 And carrying his cross, he went out to a place called The Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.
18 They crucified him there, along with two others on either side one, and with Jesus in between.2
19 Now Pilate had written a sign and put it on the cross. And the sign read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This sign was then read by many of the Jews because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.3
21 The chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, The King of the Jews; instead [write] He said, I am King of the Jews."
22 But Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
23 Now after the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier; and also his tunic, but the tunic was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 Therefore they said among themselves, "Let us not tear it, but instead cast lots for it, to determine whose it shall be." Thus the scripture was fulfilled, which said, "They parted my garments among them, and cast lots for my clothing." Therefore the soldiers did these things.
25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus saw his mother there, along with the disciple whom he loved,4 he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!"
27 Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, said "I thirst;" to fulfill the prophecy of scripture.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.6 [Thus Jesus finished His incredible sacrifice; but unless you have denied yourself, picked up your cross daily, and followed Him in obedience, to finally slay your selfish spirit, your work has not even begun, much less been finished. Jesus said, "you must forsake all, you must lose your life to find your life [in God]." From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey."]
31 Now because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was a high one), the Jews requested Pilate to have their legs broken [to hasten their death], and then their bodies taken away.
32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. [Jesus died sooner than the others because he had been brutally beaten by the Jewish palace guards and then by the entire Roman garrison, so much that his face and form were beyond human recognition.]
34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately came blood and water out.
35 And he [John] who witnessed this, provides this account, and his account is true; and he knows that he speaks the truth, so that you might believe.
36 For these things were done, fulfilling the prophecy of scripture: "Not one of his bones will be broken."
37 And again, another scripture was fulfilled, "They will look on him whom they have pierced."
38 Now after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus in secret for fear of the Jews, requested Pilate that he be allowed to take away the body of Jesus;7 and Pilate gave him permission. Therefore he came and took the body of Jesus.
39 Also Nicodemus, who at the first had come to Jesus at night, now came and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.
40 And they took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the manner of the Jews' burials.
41 Now in the place where he had been crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden there was a new tomb, in which a man had yet to have been laid.
42 And because it was the Jew's preparation day and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
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1 But the Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God." The Jews acted like they had never heard of the Son of God, yet their own Scriptures, from the Old Testament, testify of the Son.
Old Testament Book of Proverbs, says:
Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell? Proverbs 30:4
In the Old Testament Book of Psalms, King David spoke very, very reverently of the Son, ascribing to him the power of God:
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psa 2:12
In the Original Old Testament Book of 4 Esdras*
The bride shall appear, and he shall come forth and be seen, that now is under the earth: for my Son Jesus shall appear with those that be with him, and those who remain shall rejoice within four hundred years; and after these same years shall my Son Christ die. 4 Esdras 7:27-29
I, Esdras, saw upon the Mount Zion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marveled at greatly.
So I asked the angel, and said, "Sir, what are these?"
He answered and said unto me, "These are those who have put off the mortal clothing, put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now are they crowned, and they receive palms."
Then said I unto the angel, "What young person is it who crowns them and gives them palms in their hands?"
So he answered and said unto me, "It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world." Then began I to greatly admire those who had stood so rigidly for the name of the Lord.
Then the angel said unto me, "Go your way, and tell my people what manner of things and how great wonders of the Lord your God you have seen." 4 Esdras 2:42-48
*The Book of Esdras is so unfamiliar to most. It was in the original Old Testament and King James Bible, but was later removed. Parts of the books are in Ezra and Nehemiah. This book still appears in the Latin Vulgate Bible. Because George Fox quoted from this Book, it is included on this site. See Esdras, Chapter 1 Introduction for more on Esdras.
In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, even the heathen King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, could recognize the son of God:
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
He answered and said, "Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not harmed; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:23-25
Further in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Daniel himself saw Jesus coming on the clouds: I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven. Dan 7:13
Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man:
For the Son of man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he will reward every man according to his works. (Not just a particular generation.)
There are some standing here, who shall not taste death, until they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom. Mat 16:27-8,Mar 8:38,9:1,Luk 9:26-27
Those not purified, to see Jesus' coming, (appearing in their hearts), before death, see him as they die, as all peoples, all nations, all generations do.
Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and also those who pierced him; (also, the Jews 2000 years ago)
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7
2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said:
you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
In the Original Old Testament Book of Wisdom there is a remarkable prophecy how the Son of God would be rejected by the Jews because of their own wickedness had blinded them, and they knew not the secrets of God:
For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not correctly, "Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy; neither has there been any man known to have returned from the grave.
Let us therefore lie in wait for the righteous person because he is not for our turn; he is contrary to our doings, upbraids us with transgressions of the law, and divulges against us the sins of our way of life.
He boasts that he has the knowledge of God, and calls himself the son of God.
He has become a reprover of our thoughts.
He is grievous to us even to behold for his life is not like other men's, and his ways are very different.
We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstains from our ways as from filthiness, and he prefers the latter end of the just and glories that he has God for his father.
Let us see then if his words are true, and let us prove what shall happen to him, and we shall know what his end shall be.
For if he is the true son of God, God will defend him and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies.
Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
Let us condemn him with a shameful death for by his own saying he shall be respected."
Such things they did imagine, and were deceived for their own wickedness has blinded them.
And they knew not the secrets of God, nor hoped for the wages of justice, nor esteemed the honor of holy souls. Wisdom 2:12-22
The Jews accusations were baseless. Their own Old Testament scriptures testified in multiple books to the existence of a Son of God and the Son of Man.
Christians can easily look down on the Jews, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, and rejecting Christ; instead the Jews expected a physical King to appear and re-establish an earthly Jewish kingdom. But one hundred generations of Christendom, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, are doing the same thing, making the same mistake: they have rejected listening to and obeying Christ within them, expecting an outward appearance; expecting Christ to physically appear to be King of the whole world, thereby missing the possibility of preparing for his inward, individual spiritual appearance in them. This is a major deception with disastrous consequences to those so deceived.
2 thus the scripture was fulfilled, he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
3 Pilate had written a sign and put it on the cross. And the sign read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.... it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. In George Fox's time, the only colleges were schools of religion; and those who had learned Hebrew, Greek, and Latin were deemed to be "divines." They were thought to be superior in godliness to anyone else because they could read the "original languages." George Fox ridiculed this belief, stating that according to their logic, Pilate was the first "divine" because he had written the sign placed atop Jesus in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. The Holy Spirit can reveal understandings in any language; but Bible Colleges teach from Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Biblical texts, desperately trying to discover the true meaning of the scriptures. If the Holy Spirit was helping in Bible study, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin would not be needed, proving Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not teach you while reading the Bible.
4 the disciple whom Jesus loved, was the author of this book in the Bible, John.
5 thus the scripture was fulfilled, they gave me vinegar to drink. Psa 69:21
6 he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit. Jesus finished his death on the cross — yes, but he did not die so that you need do nothing to reach your salvation. Many people quote this verse as justification for doing absolutely nothing, except going to their sect services and sitting and listening to their minister. That is not what Jesus said to do; he said:
Whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33
For whoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. Mat 16:25
Strive to enter in at the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter, and will not be able to. Luke 13:24
Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the son of man will give to you. John 6:27
I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2
(Jesus tells us to strive and labor to produce his demanded perfect works.)
nor what Peter and Paul told us to do:
For this very reason, make every effort [the maximum possible]. 2 Pet 1:5
Therefore let us diligently labor with every effort. Heb 4:11
Long before Jesus died on the cross, he told us we must take up our cross daily, deny ourselves, and lose our life to save it. Then he died on the cross in obedience to the Father, which he himself wished to avoid in some way, but submitted to a horrible death as the example for us to follow. If we fail to daily take up our inward cross of self-denial, we are showing contempt for the death and blood of Christ, making his blood an excuse for continuing in our sin and evil. Only by repentance through the cross of loving obedience to God's commands, do we experience salvation, which is to be delivered and freed from the slavery to sin.
Lazy men tell your itching ears that God will accept you because you "believe in Jesus" and have been water baptized; that nothing else is required. If you continue to believe them, you will curse them for eternity, and you will forever regret you believed their lies to lose your soul.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey. He told us it was not enough to believe in God, we must believe what He says to be true. It is not enough to believe in Jesus; we must believe what He says and then act on it. He told us it was not enough to seek God, we must seek with all our heart and soul."
7 thus fulfilling the scripture: He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:9. Joseph was a rich man, who requested the body and placed it in a new tomb.
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